Zamboni Driver Who Became An Emergency Goalie Visits TODAY Live | TODAY

Over the weekend, 42-year-old David Ayres, a former Zamboni driver, was pressed into service as an emergency goalie in an NHL game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Carolina Hurricanes - and helped win the game for his team. Joining TODAY live, he jokes, “I was confident until I hit the ice, and then I was terrified.” He also talks about receiving a kidney transplant from his mom, who calls into TODAY live to congratulate him.
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  • If the canes win the Stanley Cup give him a ring and bring him to raleigh for the parade

    Artie BurnsArtie BurnsVor 7 Tage
  • David was a hero on the ice, but his Mom was the real hero by giving her son one of her kidneys :-)

    Nuno SoaresNuno SoaresVor 28 Tage
  • Оо

    Кристина ТхамитлоковаКристина ТхамитлоковаVor Monat
  • I looove underdog stories. Well done

    ulises Barbosa Jrulises Barbosa JrVor Monat
  • I’m a Canadian living in Raleigh NC this makes me feel so proud being Canadian. But better Carolina for accepting me.

    Kristine Kristine and PeterKristine Kristine and PeterVor Monat
  • He is such a great guy

    Alam DwipraharaAlam DwipraharaVor Monat
  • "They lost to a 42 year old ZAMBONI driver.... WHO WORKS FOR THEM!" -Steve Dangle

    Mathias GreywolfMathias GreywolfVor 2 Monate
    • HE’S WEARING BLUE SHIRT PANTS!

      Chris MarcotteChris MarcotteVor 2 Monate
  • The most contagious of smiles... and such a heartwarming story.

    Zakk GardnerZakk GardnerVor 3 Monate
  • He played less than 30 minutes of NHL hockey & he has gear in the Hockey Hall Of Fame. Impressive.

    deBebblerdeBebblerVor 3 Monate
  • God Bless you man.. 🙏✌️

    Corey EmersonCorey EmersonVor 3 Monate
  • The guys a legend... something to remember for a lifetime.

    david corkumdavid corkumVor 4 Monate
  • Class act Maple Leaf fans👍👍👍👍

    UMPIRE VAUMPIRE VAVor 4 Monate
  • Up next janitor who cleans toilets becomes quarterback in the NFL. Makes sense.

    Michael SmithMichael SmithVor 4 Monate
  • I want a rookie card

    Owsow Muskwa NaistusOwsow Muskwa NaistusVor 5 Monate
  • Mary is the first women to play in the NHL if you think about it.

    Alex GAlex GVor 5 Monate
  • If Carolina wins the Cup......does he get to spend a day with it??

    Marcus BustadMarcus BustadVor 5 Monate
  • Evan the hockey mom has a missing tooth, how perfect. lol

    Peter FotoPeter FotoVor 5 Monate
  • Reminds of the Disney movie "The Rookie". Hope they create one for this.

    Alvin MendozaAlvin MendozaVor 5 Monate
  • Awesome job man!!

    TheHotandshot91TheHotandshot91Vor 5 Monate
  • My Human... lol this people is why you do a quick Read Over before pressing send...

    Sound MoneySound MoneyVor 5 Monate
  • Could definitely be a movie made about this, reminds me a lot of the story of Rudy, but even a longer shot.

    Doc GDoc GVor 5 Monate
  • THEY LOST TO A 42 YEAR OLD ZAMBONI DRIVER!!!!!

    drake hughesdrake hughesVor 5 Monate
  • Great story 🇨🇦🧘🏽‍♀️🙏🏾

    Janina Lee Del RioJanina Lee Del RioVor 5 Monate
  • This guy is what the world needs.

    Bri BaBri BaVor 5 Monate
  • Just imagine if they let people do this in every sport!😳

    BiG JuiCeBiG JuiCeVor 5 Monate
  • What a great story!!!!!! and it seems it couldn't have happened to a better guy wanting to give any money made off of this to charity!!!

    Tha BeastSTLTha BeastSTLVor 5 Monate
  • Well done!

    frankymacffrankymacfVor 5 Monate
  • Looking forward to the movie

    db happinessdb happinessVor 5 Monate
  • I love that comment she made about her bf/husband? “My human got to live out his ultimate dream” I love it 🖤 so cute!

    Chiara KChiara KVor 5 Monate
  • 🦙🦙🦙🦙

    SalminenSalminenVor 5 Monate
  • This is why i love hockey

    SalminenSalminenVor 5 Monate
  • Does he get paid for that?!!!!

    Wesley MadsenWesley MadsenVor 5 Monate
  • So freakin cool💕 what a great story💕

    Karen cooperKaren cooperVor 5 Monate
  • Interesting bit of trivia. He also sat on the bench, as the emergency goalie for the Charlotte Checkers in an American Hockey League game, in Toronto. The Checkers are also the Carolina Hurricanes AHL affiliate.

    John LeakJohn LeakVor 5 Monate
  • I'm from the Toronto area and this is one of those times I set aside my bias for the leafs. Dave helped them win and I['m happy for him.

    ViralOneViralOneVor 5 Monate
  • Congrats Mr.Ayers I don't think that could have happen to a more humble and deserving man. Glad you were able to live out a dream brother! God bless ya budd

    shymikey1987shymikey1987Vor 5 Monate
  • Only in America, dreams come true.

    Gavin HelgesonGavin HelgesonVor 5 Monate
    • The only thing is, he's Canadian and the game was played in Toronto, which last time I checked, was in Ontario, Canada.

      John LeakJohn LeakVor 5 Monate
  • Maybe there should be a Movie based on this if it’s possible later on.

    Mark HeyingMark HeyingVor 5 Monate
  • I’m thinking Matt Damon would play him in a movie.

    Ryan FarrellRyan FarrellVor 5 Monate
  • My human😂😂😂

    Matt WoldanskiMatt WoldanskiVor 5 Monate
  • Красавчик!

    Alex ChernovAlex ChernovVor 5 Monate
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: "We can win this" Zamboni driver David: "Hold my beer"

    Christine SinclairChristine SinclairVor 5 Monate
  • I looked it up. He got paid $500.00.

    Happily SingleHappily SingleVor 5 Monate
  • Alo. Grc cuando. Pueda. Dire. Algo. Que. No puedo. A hira con. La uno. Peli. TVE. España ya. Te digo. Algo con. Esto. Ok. Clar. Te. Llege. Envió. Ok en la vida. Solo gana la vida ok. Clar. Paso. La. Conexión. Berlina. Oye. A en esto. Bon jovi ya dire así. Estell. Mundo.

    Almudena CarneroAlmudena CarneroVor 5 Monate
  • Alo. Grc. En la. Vida. Solo. Gana. La. Vida se lo. Puse yo. Hoy. A algien. Eso. Ok. Berlina. Y. Mundo. Esto. Paso. La. Conexión.

    Almudena CarneroAlmudena CarneroVor 5 Monate
  • That is FREAKIN OUTSTANDING!

    Samuel ISamuel IVor 5 Monate
  • As an American I love the NFl.,but the NHL is a close second. The pride for an nation and a team is truly spectacular. Happy for this guy.

    Carl GibansCarl GibansVor 5 Monate
  • I love this!

    Shaundra LeeShaundra LeeVor 5 Monate
  • his son is my friend in my shop class

    ScootScootVor 5 Monate
  • Mary use to be a goalie too...you can tell by the missing teeth!

    T CT CVor 5 Monate
  • Toronto fans have class cheering for another team and I’m an American saying this

    nickybullvol82nickybullvol82Vor 5 Monate
  • My Human? Oh yeah! forgot Canada hurt feeling laws.

    unknow mysteriesunknow mysteriesVor 5 Monate
  • Who cares

    Sir Marlon Brandon RiveraSir Marlon Brandon RiveraVor 5 Monate
  • This made me tear up. This is a wonderful moment.

    karquskarqusVor 5 Monate
  • How is nobody talking about how the man's wife referred to him as "my human" LOL 😂😂😂

    RandyRandyVor 5 Monate
    • Randy was looking for this

      RyanRyanVor 5 Monate
  • Great story and go Canes!!

    Morgan KGMorgan KGVor 5 Monate
  • Whoopty Doo

    Pat MoorePat MooreVor 5 Monate
  • What's the link to his T-shirt?

    C WC WVor 5 Monate
  • Thank you NBC and The Today Show for featuring Canada’s newest hero and inspiration. We’re all still very happy for Dave!

    Jacqueline AveryJacqueline AveryVor 5 Monate
  • Love it! Way to go, buddy 👍 always keep your stick on the ice eh? 😄

    Paul ScalaPaul ScalaVor 5 Monate
  • Kobe Ayres

    Jim BarronJim BarronVor 5 Monate
  • This is of the movies

    Avian SalazarAvian SalazarVor 5 Monate
  • Somebody get him an agent--he'll need one for the movie rights.

    Shauka HodanShauka HodanVor 5 Monate
  • I love this story so much.

    donrainesohdonrainesohVor 5 Monate
  • People, the first O and second T are silent, just blend them all in - it's Tronnoh - not TOE - RON - TOE

    RoccoRoccoVor 5 Monate
  • He sounds like a hockey player lmaoooo You

    Luke_Luke_Vor 5 Monate
    • This guy gets a huge applause, on mega tv news for playing a hockey game. Trump gives jobs to people who needs them and they try to impeach, call him a disgrace and lie

      Shauka HodanShauka HodanVor 5 Monate
  • This guy is so chill in a complete whirlwind of a few days! Happy for him!

    alida flusalida flusVor 5 Monate
  • David Ayres is the new Rudy Ruettiger.

    N. G.N. G.Vor 5 Monate
  • That’s an awesome story and I’m stoked for him, but just wondering, why is he there as a backup? Was it kind a joke that ended up coming to fruition, or what? If a football team loses 2 people in the same position they don’t put the equipment guy in-jw lol 😂

    Blake JacobsenBlake JacobsenVor 5 Monate
  • True Canadian - salut 🍁

    Katlyn BurdenukKatlyn BurdenukVor 5 Monate
    • Can you imagine the Toronto players that couldn't score on him?

      alida flusalida flusVor 5 Monate
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